Artist in Residence

We are delighted to have Melanie Wright as Artist in Residence at The British Racing School.

The residency project will allow her to spend part of each month,  in Newmarket, based at The BRS,  painting a range of subjects from this historic centre of flat racing. It starts this month and will continue over the next 16 months, culminating in an exhibition towards the end of 2019.

Melanie said “It presents a wonderful opportunity for me to explore artistically, the many visually interesting aspects of the flat racing world and focus on building a body of artwork that will encapsulate my experience there. The scale and concentration of the horse racing business in the town is awesome, with over 60 resident trainers and over 6000 horses in training.  I shall be spoilt for choice and the challenge is more going to be choosing the locations and subjects from such a large pool of inspiration!”

Keep up to date with Melanie’s work by reading her Blog posts below.


Upcoming events…



Dates: 8th, 9th & 10th August 2019

The workshop comprises 3 days and can be either booked as a residential course (BRS accommodation), or as anyone, or all of the days, with tuition only, as required.

Course Description

This is a wonderful opportunity for art and racing enthusiasts, with all levels of drawing experience, to sketch subjects at the very heart of the flat racing world, guided by Melanie,  a professional artist and tutor, who will be arranging access to draw at some iconic locations. She will be giving demonstrations on how to approach this vibrant and fascinating subject. The number of people in the group is kept small to ensure maximum one to one tuition for each individual.

The workshop programme details  which include, sketching at The British Racing School stables and gallops (Equine portraiture and movement), sketching out at Warren Hill, a visit to The National Museum of Horseracing (Palace House) and a sketching day at The July Course Races, can be found on the tuition page of Melanie’s website:        Tel:01608 643546


Artists Blog

Summer 2019

July 11th:  BHA Dinner at the BRS   A group of six framed paintings, completed during the residency, were displayed In the theatre foyer at The BRS , for the evening of the Annual BHA dinner. Great to have this opportunity to show them in Newmarket, and receive  positive feedback,  before they go on to […]

April & May 2019

Pegasus Stables ( James Fanshawe) I spent a most enjoyable couple of mornings sketching at James Fanshawe’s yard, Pegasus Stables. With a very friendly welcome there from the Fanshawes and assistant, Janet. A great opportunity to sketch these iconic Newmarket Stables which were built by the legendary Victorian jockey, Fred Archer. This is historic stable […]

April 2018

I am delighted to have been invited to be Artist in Residence at Newmarket, by The British Racing School. The residency project will allow me to spend part of each month,  in Newmarket, based at The BRS,  painting a range of subjects  from this historic centre of flat racing. It starts this month, and will […]

My visit to Newmarket (May 2018)

Once again,  blessed with brilliant weather,  I had a great schedule arranged for this visit! Which saw me meeting Sir Mark Prescott, at Heath House, for the first time, an unforgettable experience, followed by an evening of fine racing at The Rowley Mile, for the Spring Meeting. And finally a chance to see the mares […]

MY visit to Newmarket in June 2018

The BRS invited me to run an Equine drawing workshop as part of their staff training week in June. So on this visit I enjoyed a fun time, mainly at the School, meeting more of their dedicated and hardworking team and enjoying their company at a staff barbeque,  in the newly designed courtyard, at the […]

My visit to Newmarket in July: Moët et Chandon July Festival

It was such a pleasure to be attending the Moët et Chandon festival at The July Course. The Course itself and the beautiful tree lined pre parade ring provides such a pretty setting for the racing and the crowds. With period style buildings with thatched roofs and the charm of the weighing in room building/winners […]

Autumn / Winter 2018

My visit in September was to spend more time at the BRS itself and with a pretty full on schedule. I have an idea on the go of painting a large scale picture, the overall composition containing a group of watercolour vignette studies of scenes at The British Racing School. So I wanted to gather […]

Artist in Residence blog – Melanie Wright, March 2019

My first visit for the second year of the artist residency, and after the excitement of the Cheltenham Festival, and the return of longer daylight hours, it was great to be back and refocusing on Newmarket.  On arrival I was delighted to learn that since my last visit, The BRS have been awarded the ‘Outstanding’ […]

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